Friday 27 December 2013
Manchester United legends David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville have organised a festive treat for the armed forces serving in Afghanistan this Christmas, with special screenings of the nostalgic feel-good documentary, 'The Class of '92'.
"If this film can provide a bit of pleasure at this special time of the year when they are separated from their loved ones then we are delighted to offer our support"
As well as cinema screenings at army bases across the UK, the documentary film will receive an exclusive airing on the British Forces Broadcasting Services television channel, and copies will be sent to troops as gifts.
The film will be showing on BFBS Extra, which can be received by its audiences worldwide, on Saturday 28 December at 7.40pm and then on the new BFBS Movie Channel for operational areas on Saturday 11 January 2014 at 10am, 5.45pm, 1.30am.
"I have witnessed at first-hand the remarkable work these young men and women do on our behalf in Afghanistan and if this film can provide a bit of pleasure and relaxation at this special time of the year when they are separated from their loved ones and families then we are delighted to offer our support," said Beckham.
Gary Neville added: "These men and women are unbelievable, serving their country, being away from their loved ones, especially at this time of year, but most importantly risking their lives.
"When we heard that the film was going to be shown we all felt very humble. ‘The Class of '92' is about friendship, loyalty and fulfilling dreams and we hope they enjoy it as much as we did making it. Merry Christmas to all the forces."
The Class of '92 covers the period between 1992 and 1999, culminating in Manchester United's UEFA Champions League triumph, and dramatically interweaves and mirrors the highs and lows of its football odyssey with the immense social and cultural changes taking place in Britain at the time.
The heart of the film is the tale of how six 14-year-old working class lads from very ordinary beginnings came together to play for the same club, became the spine of one of the most lauded teams in world football, and who throughout their period of unparalleled success remained best mates.
The documentary offers unprecedented access to all six players and promises to gain new and revealing insights about each individual and this special period in British football and cultural history.